As I type this at 3:25 pm on Friday, August 28, 2015, a comrade in blue is battling for his life in the hospital. Trooper Chad Wolf is a motor trooper with the Michigan State Police, and he was hit by a vehicle-and-trailer combination, then dragged for several miles before the elderly driver realized something was wrong.
I trooped the road with Chad for a short time, and I knew his smile, his demeanor, his character.
I have considered it a tremendous blessing that in my 17 ½ year career, I’ve never worked with or known personally any member of our Department killed in the line of duty…and I’ve worked with a great number of good men and women in blue.
However, as of now, that fact looks likely to change. Trooper Chad Wolf’s wife is by his side and has been thrown into the agony of end-of-life decision-making; his comrades are being escorted into the hospital room five-at-a-time (according to sources close to him) to say goodbye to their partner, their friend, their brother. His wife may be soon without a husband; their four children may be soon without their daddy; Chad’s mom and dad may soon have to do what no parent ever wants to do.
How heart-breaking it is.
This pain in our hearts and the tears that fill our eyes speak of our intense yearning for an unbroken world, a world in which there is no death, no grief, no sadness, no loss, no crying. That will never exist here in this world we know today, but only in the world to come. For those who know the grace of God’s forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ will one day, indeed, know and experience that world, that kingdom, where there will be no more crying, that place where God will wipe every tear from our eyes once and for all (Rev. 21:4).
God, show your mercy on Trooper Wolf.
Well, that was then…and this is now. It’s now 4:50 p.m. and I just discovered the news that Trooper Chad Wolf died today.
My heart aches…
Even so, Lord, come quickly.